Opera per tutti
In November 2007 I heard Thomas Quasthoff and Ben Heppner in an outstanding performance of Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" with Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berliner Phiharmoniker. They received a standing ovation.PS Today's NY Times has an article on Riccardo Muti making his forthcoming Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Verdi's "Attila" in its debut at the Met. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/21/arts/music/21muti.html?th&emc=th
Riccardo Muti made his long over-due Metropolitan Opera debut Tuesday night (February 23). Quoting Anthony Tomassini of the NY Times: "Mr. Muti drew a refined, lithe and stunningly fresh performance from the Met Orchestra, which played as if inspired; the Met chorus, which sang with an alluring blend of richness and focus; and the impressive cast, starring the compelling Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role. During every moment, “Attila” came across as a vibrant and engrossing music drama."
Lucky New Yorkers who get to experience (at last) Muti conducting Attila...
Last evening at Boston Symphony Hall I heard a performance by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the world's oldest civic orchestra. Under the baton of conductor Riccardo Chailly it was a stellar performance. The program was all-Beethoven, including the "Emperor" concerto with piano soloist Louis Lortie and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. After innumerable curtain calls and a standing ovation from an appreciative audience, Mr. Chailly rewarded us with Prometheus Overture. From my previous experience with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in 2007 again under the leadership of Mr. Chailly, they lived up to my very high expectations and then some. It was a wonderful evening to treasure. On Sunday New Yorkers will be feted at Carnegie Hall by this outstanding conductor, orchestra and pianist in a Chopin and Brahms program. Lucky New Yorkers!
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